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Commendation for leading energy initiative

As a founding member, Orbit Group is delighted to announce the growing success of Energiesprong – a revolutionary approach to improving energy efficiency in our customers’ homes. 

Energiesprong UK has been commended by the Westminster Sustainable Business Forum (WSBF) to government, for its work to bring real transformation to the retrofit market in the UK.

The WSBF report recommends funding support of £1million per year to Energiesprong as an avenue to developing and scaling the country’s energy efficiency industry.

Energiesprong (which translates as ‘Energy Leap’) represents a new innovative way of delivering energy efficiency improvements to homes on a large scale. A fully-integrated zero carbon technology, it delivers a non-intrusive retrofit which can usually be fitted within one week, without the customer having to leave their home.

John Barnham, head of sustainable investment at Orbit, said: "This report comes at a critical time prior to government consulting on future energy efficiency funding mechanisms. Through the recommendations it sets out to build a firm foundation to tackle the ever increasing presence of fuel poverty, supports improving health and well-being and provides great opportunities for economic growth through stimulating consumer engagement through ‘local’ delivery. Its support for Energiesprong is welcomed and gives reassurance to social landlords developing the Dutch refurbishment concept in the UK, helping to stimulate wider consumer take up."

The report advocates raising the profile of Energiesprong within government and promoting and encouraging stronger collaboration. It states: “The government should engage with Energiesprong UK to reduce barriers to its development and provide some initial, small-scale funding to the project.”

Orbit Group is supporting Energiesprong in delivering warm and affordable homes, inline with the organisation’s campaign to tackle fuel poverty and achieve a minimum energy rating of Band C in all Orbit homes by 2030.

In the last 12 months, Orbit Group has invested £7.2m into tackling fuel poverty and delivered over 1,000 energy saving measures. Around 4,500 customers have also received energy advice.

To find out more about Energiesprong UK, visit www.energiesprong.uk  

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